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Hospitals’ recognised nationally for apprenticeship programme


Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust has been recognised nationally for the work it is doing to develop its workforce.

It has developed an innovative apprenticeship scheme offering a wide variety of clinical and non-clinical training, which has seen more than 100 people sign up to study.

The Trust spoke to NHS Employers last week as they wanted to talk to key people about how the Trust has exceeded its public sector target – this is the amount of apprentices it is expected to have.

Rachel Maguire, head of people development, said: “We are exceptionally proud of our apprenticeship programme which we have developed in our hospitals and community services as it provides our staff with really ambitious training opportunities.”

NHS Employers will be showcasing NLaG as part of a best practice model which it will be sharing nationally as part of National Apprenticeship Week which runs from March 5 to 9.

The range of courses on offer range from level two to level six, which is GCSE to degree level. They also cover a wide range of topics including: business and administration, senior healthcare support worker, maintenance and operations engineering technicians, HR consultant, health pharmacy, assistant accountant, healthcare science practitioner, cardiology physiology and data analyst.

As part of the national apprenticeship levy the Trust is targeted to have 148 apprentices in training but it currently has 163 people on its books. Rachel said: “We are working hard to encourage staff to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to extend their skills and knowledge.  The courses provide people with a real chance to develop.”

The courses are also tailor-made to the needs of the Trust and workforce, in that additional segments are being added to the apprenticeship to ensure staff receive the breadth of tuition required. Talent coaches are also being used to deliver bespoke training.

Rachel added: “As well as developing our existing staff, we are also always keen to recruit people to our talent pool of people who will put through an apprenticeship. Nationally there is a national shortage of people coming into the NHS, so we are doing everything we can to grow our own staff locally.”

Business apprentice in occupational health at Scunthorpe hospital Sarah Jayne King (30), of Scunthorpe, said: “I have been working at the hospital since October and I am loving it, it is the best thing I have ever done. I have learned so much. I would love to do my nurse training one day.”

If you are interested in an apprenticeship at the Trust you should keep an eye out on NHS Jobs at: www.jobs.nhs.uk


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